Thursday, September 3, 2015

when hopes are fulfilled

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
Proverbs 13:12

She is here.

On August 28th at 6:47am, after less than seven hours of labor, our dreams came true as a squirming baby girl with a full head of dark hair was placed on my chest.  She cried loudly and then fell asleep, her arms wrapped around me as if to hug and claim me.
She came by surprise.  One week early.

I will probably share her birth story later, but for now I will simply share these picture-snippets of our life this last week.  We are smitten.  We cry at random moments out of sheer joy.  We are exhausted.  We are so excited as we learn our daughter; her expressions, her voice, her heartbeat.

We are so thankful.

Serenity Faye
August 28th, 2015
9 lbs 4 oz
21 in
for this child we prayed...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

a weary 'thank you'

"no one else will ever know the strength of my love for you.
after all, you're the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside."

I am so-very tired today.  Aching.  Weak.  Heavy.  That's the honest truth.
But, on this hot Sunday afternoon, I am also incredibly thankful.
The reason I feel all of this exhaustion is a beautiful, growing girl inside of me... a child I begged God to give me.  And as I fight to keep my eyes open from lack of sleep and the constant weight of carrying another person, I smile and murmur a 'thank you' to my Savior.

Just where my heart is today. 

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday evening, my dear friends.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

a baby girl's room

This is Serenity's nursery.

Though she will be sleeping in our room for a while, I have enjoyed putting together a space for our precious girl *so* much.  This is the smallest of our three bedrooms, but it beautifully holds all of her clothes, blankets, and toys (most of which were given to us).

My theme for this room is one of my favorites (since, seriously, she isn't going to remember and nursery decor is most definitely more for the mommies): a combination of vintage and fairy-tale.  I had to take these pictures at night, so you'll need to imagine the beautiful sunbeams that usually filter in through the curtains.  It is rather dreamy.

Her dresser is an antique that has been in my family for a while.  My grandparents gave it to me in my early teens.  It fits so sweetly with the style I love.

Our crib was a gift from friends at church (what a tremendous blessing!).  It has since been moved into our master bedroom and replaced with a twin mattress for when my sister comes to live with us next month (she'll be with us for six weeks!).

This bedding is fit for a princess and was also a gift (this time from my beautiful aunt and her family).  I especially love the cream, silky fabric.

I shared in an earlier post how I had been working on some puzzles and painting frames!  Here is one, all finished and hung!  It has to be my favorite puzzle ever created!

I made this "mobile" using paper and feather butterflies, lace, ribbon, wire, and also included some rosettes I made for Andrew's and my wedding!

Two of my *favorite* decorations in Rennie's room are beautiful pieces by two lovely artists: my friend, Breezy (framed) and my sister-in-love, Amanda.  Aren't they both so lovely and perfect for a child's room?

This second dresser will serve to hold my sister's belongings during her stay.  I couldn't help but use it to add even more girly cuteness to the room.  

Sweet teddy bears and books... the large cream bear has been mine since I was only six months old!  I can't wait to take pictures with my own baby snuggling him.  <3

This precious book holder was a gift from Andrew's grandparents.  I very quickly filled it!  ;-)

"S F" canvas (as well as the hair-clip holder above the small dresser): gift from (and created by) my mom and sister-in-love!

Dear little bunny... Andrew has kept this (and several other) adorable toys from his childhood in amazing condition.
The beautiful vintage-styled box is the holder for burp clothes!

Hope you all enjoyed this picture-overload (can you tell I'm thrilled to be having a baby?).  I can't come close to expressing how encouraging your prayers and comments have been!  Thank you for sharing in our excitement as we welcome Serenity Faye into our lives!  Only two weeks left till her due date, my friends!  EEEEEEK!